Little 10 names top soccer players for '18

EARLVILLE – The Little 10 Conference coaches have selected their all-conference team members for the 2018 season. All players recognized were unanimous selections.

  • Earlville-Leland-Paw Paw—Conference Champs, Conference Tournament Champs, IHSA Class 1A Regional Champs, IHSA Class 1A Sectional Champs: Jared Pickert (Sr—MF)…2 assists, involved on offense and defense as defensive midfielder; repeat unanimous selection; Brennan Sweeney (Sr—D)…3 goals, center back for defense that allowed 1.23 goals a game and had 6 shutouts; repeat unanimous selection; Manny Gomez (Jr—F/MF)…18 goals, 16 assists; Johan Rico (Jr—D/MF)…5 goals, 1 assist, split time at left midfield and left back; Devyn Kennedy (So—MF/F)…20 goals, 16 assists
  • Newark-Seneca—Conference Runner-up (tie), Conference Tournament Runner-up: Jacob Chapman (Jr—MF)…8 goals, 10 assists; three-time unanimous selection; Connor Swanson (Sr—F)…20 goals, 3 assists; Steve Bartkus (Jr—D)…2 goals, 6 assists, led defense that had 8 shutouts as center back; Silas Odum (Jr—GK)…1.11 GAA and 8 shutouts in 19 games
  • Somonauk—Conference Runner-Up (tie): Drew Westbrook (Sr—F)…15 goals, 9 assists; three-time unanimous selection; Chris Franzone (Sr—MF)…14 goals, 6 assists; repeat unanimous selection; Cameron Davis (Sr—D)…4 goals, 2 assists, led defense that had 9 shutouts as center back; Nolan Wegener (Sr—GK)…172 saves, .9 save %, 9 shutouts
  • Hinckley-Big Rock—3rd Place Conference Tournament: Tate Sanderson (Sr—F)…33 goals, 13 assists; three-time unanimous selection; Spencer Brown (Sr—D)…top defensive player at left back
  • Indian Creek: Jaeden Bouma (Sr—MF)…21 goals, 17 assists; Drew Gaston (So—F)…40 goals, 22 assists; Cameron Russell (So—F)…24 goals, 19 assists
  • Serena:Riley McNelis (Sr—MF/F/D)…played all positions during season


Final Conference Standings: 1. Earlville-Leland-Paw Paw 5-0-0; 2. Newark-Seneca 3-1-1; 3. Somonauk 3-1-1; 4. Hinckley-Big Rock 2-3-0; 5. Indian Creek 1-4-0; 6. Serena 0-5-0

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